COVID-19 Vaccine

 

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Last revised on April 19, 2021

Who can currently get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool to see if you can currently receive the COVID-19 vaccine and learn how to book an appointment.  Read the information below to learn about the various phases of vaccine distribution and clinic locations.

Check eligibility

Vaccination is underway for Phase 1 and 2:

Phase 2 -  Ottawa Public Health is NOT currently booking for the groups below. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.

April 19, 2021 – Joint Special Statement from Dr. Vera Etches and Anthony Di Monte, General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services Department

Vaccination has not yet started for:


Phase 3 - Will occur from July 2021 and beyond, based on vaccine supply.

Vaccines available widely across Ontario for anyone in the general population who wants to be immunized. The ethical framework, data and available vaccine supply will help to prioritize groups in this phase. These timelines are subject to change subject to change and are dependent on possible additional vaccine approvals and supply. 

Getting your vaccine


Please make sure that you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and make an appointment at a clinic that serves your category of eligible individuals. The vaccination clinics locations in Ottawa were selected with accessibility being the main consideration.

Second dose information

Vaccine appointments scheduled via Ottawa Public Health:

Residents are asked to not call OPH at this time to try to book a second appointment as we do not have these available to book at this time and the phone lines are experiencing very high call volumes. We can appreciate that residents are eager to book their second dose appointments however second dose appointments will not be starting until June.

As per provincial guidelines, currently Ottawa Public Health is only booking second doses for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members. Other residents are asked to not call OPH at this time to try to book a second appointment as we do not have these available and the phone lines are experiencing very high call volumes. 

When second dose appointments are available to be booked, the City will undertake a broad communications plan to advise the public through PSAs, City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 Vaccine e-subscription, City and OPH website updates, social media as well as other news media sources, similar to the communications done to advise when residents are eligible for their first appointment. We encourage residents to sign up for the e-newsletter to ensure they receive updates, or if they are not online to please ask a family member, neighbour or friend to sign up and let them know when second dose appointments can be booked. 

Vaccine appointment scheduled via provincial booking system:

Individuals who use the provincial booking system are asked to schedule their first and second doses when they make appointments.

Did you receive one dose outside of the province?:

If you are eligible for vaccination in Ontario and already got one dose outside of the province, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) to schedule your second dose. You cannot book an individual dose online.

You will need to provide information about your first dose (for example, what vaccine you got, where and when you got it).

Read our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

Community clinics

Individuals served:

  • Adults 60 years of age and older
  • Adults 50 years of age and older in hot spots including postal codes starting with K1T, K1V and K2V.

Addresses:

  • Please note: Some of the community clinics are now open but more can be operational within 72 hours in the event large amounts of vaccines become available.

Horticulture Building (Opening soon)

  • 1525 Princess Patricia Way

Eva James Memorial Centre

  • 65 Stonehaven Drive

Nepean Sportsplex

  • 1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Ottawa City Hall

  • 110 Laurier Avenue West

St-Laurent Complex

  • 525 Côté Street

The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

  • 1053 Carling Ave

Queensway Carleton Hospital

  • 3045 Baseline Rd

Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA

  • 265 Centrum Blvd

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech and/or Moderna

Book appointment

Additional information:

When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code.

Timelines for opening all community clinics will depend on vaccine supply and the remaining community clinics will be opened as supply increases. Once fully operational, these community clinics will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week and have the capacity to administer a total of nearly 11,000 immunizations per day.

How to prepare for vaccination:

Pop-up clinics in high risk communities

Adults receiving chronic home health care

Check eligibility and book appointment

You can also call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and make an appointment.

Anyone 50 and over in the following neighbourhoods: 

  • Ledbury-Heron Gate-Ridgemont
  • Emerald Woods - Sawmill Creek
  • Hunt Club East-Western Community
  • Greenboro East

Book appointment

Additional information:

When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code.

Timelines for opening all community clinics will depend on vaccine supply and the remaining community clinics will be opened as supply increases. Once fully operational, these community clinics will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week and have the capacity to administer a total of nearly 11,000 immunizations per day.

Anyone 50 and over in the following neighbourhoods:

  • Bayshore-Belltown
  • Britannia Village
  • Carleton Heights - Rideauview
  • Carlington
  • Carson Groves-Carson Meadows
  • Hawthorne Meadows - Sheffield Glen

  • Hunt Club Park

  • Lowertown (Lowertown East)

  • Manor Park
  • Overbrook-McArthur
  • Parkwood Hills - Stewart Farm
  • Ridgemont 

  • Sandy Hill  
  • Vanier North

  • Vanier South
  • West Centretown
  • Whitehaven - Queensway Terrace North
Adults 50-59 years of age and older

Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and make an appointment.

Adults 60 years of age and older

Book appointment

Additional information:

When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code.

Timelines for opening all community clinics will depend on vaccine supply and the remaining community clinics will be opened as supply increases. Once fully operational, these community clinics will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week and have the capacity to administer a total of nearly 11,000 immunizations per day.

 

Addresses:

AMA Community Centre

  • 1216 Hunt Club Road 

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre

  • 1560 Heatherington Road 

Canterbury Recreation Complex

  • 2185 Arch Street

Carlington Recreation Centre

  • 1520 Caldwell Avenue

Centre Pauline-Charron

  • 164 Jeanne Mance St

Greenboro Community Centre

  • 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 

Mary Pitt Centre

  • 100 Constellation Crescent

Ottawa City Hall

  • 110 Laurier Avenue West

Overbrook Community Centre

  • 33 Quill Street 

Pat Clark Community Centre

  • 4355 Halmont Drive 

Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

  • 102 Greenview Avenue 

Routhier Community Centre

  • 172 Guigues Avenue

St-Laurent Complex

  • 525 Côté Street

Plant Recreation Centre

  • 930 Somerset Street West

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech and/or Moderna

How to prepare for vaccination:

Health care worker and faith leaders clinics

Individuals served:

  • Faith leaders
  • Non-front-line moderate priority health care workers such as those working remotely or those not requiring personal protective equipment at work
  • Priority health care workers identified in the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization, including hospital employees, staff who work or study in hospitals and health care personnel

  • Patient-facing health care workers in the following settings and roles: 
    • Birth centres
    • Community-based specialists
    • Death investigation professionals
    • Dentistry
    • Gynecology/obstetrics, midwifery
    • Nurse practitioner led clinics/contract nursing agencies
    • Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat)
    • Pharmacies
    • Primary care
    • Respirology (respiratory therapy)
    • Walk-in clinics
    • Opticians/Optometry
    • Podiatry/Chiropody/Pedorthists
    • Audiology
    • Denturists
    • Naturopathy
    • Holistic care/Acupuncture
    • Chiropractic
    • Kinesiology
    • Psychology/Psychotherapy
    • Registered massage therapy

Addresses:

Location for vaccine appointment confirmed during appointment booking process. Vaccination appointment may take place at the following locations.

Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

  • 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Queensway Carleton Hospital

  • 3045 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON 

 Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech and/or Moderna

Check eligibility and complete pre-registration form

  • Please do NOT call Ottawa Public Health, pre-registration is done online.
    • What to expect following pre-registration:
      • Each person who completes the pre-registration form will be sequenced according to risk and priority. You will receive an email or phone call with booking information when an appointment is available. The process could take weeks depending on sequencing so we ask for your patience.

How to prepare for vaccination:

Long-term care and retirement home clinics

Individuals served:

  • Staff and caregivers in designated retirement homes.

  • Residents in all retirement homes.

  • Staff, caregivers and residents in all long-term care homes.

Addresses:

Location for vaccine appointment confirmed during appointment booking process. Vaccination appointment may take place at the following locations.

Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus

  • 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Queensway Carleton Hospital

  • 3045 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON 

On-site at retirement homes or long-term care homes.

 Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech and/or Moderna

Pre-book appointment

  • After completing and submitting this form, a member of The Ottawa Hospital vaccine booking team will be in contact with you to schedule your appointment time and date

  • Do not contact the Ottawa Hospital or Ottawa Public Health  for your appointment. Once the form is completed and submitted, an appointment will be confirmed over the phone. 

How to prepare for vaccination:

First nation, Inuit and Métis clinics

Individuals served:

  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who are aged 16 and older are currently eligible for vaccination.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of Indigenous identity/status. Examples include:

    • Status Card
    • Inuit Beneficiary Card
    • Métis Card
    • 60s Scoop Acceptance Letter

Addresse:

St-Laurent Complex 

  • 525 Côté Street, Ottawa

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech and/or Moderna

How to book an appointment for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members:

Call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment

The phoneline will be open:

  • Monday to Friday             7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday to Sunday         8:30 am to 4:00 pm

How to book an appointment for Inuit community members:

Call 613-740-0999 to book an appointment

The phoneline will be open:

  • Monday to Friday             7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday to Sunday         8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Additional information: 

How to prepare for vaccination:

AstraZeneca vaccine in select pharmacies for adults 55 years of age or older

Individuals served:

Addresses:

  • Various locations

Vaccination offered: 

  • AstraZeneca

Find your closest pharmacy to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • Enter the first 3 characters of a postal code to find a pharmacy offering vaccines near you or search the list for the name of your neighbourhood (e.g. Nepean or Kanata)

How to prepare for vaccination:

Additional information:

The Province of Ontario has announced that pharmacies in Ottawa will provide COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccinations to residents of Ottawa age 55 and older. Please see the Province of Ontario website for more information.

These vaccinations are separate from Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa’s vaccination roll-out. Please call the participating pharmacies directly to book or call the Province of Ontario Vaccination Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) for more information.

Ottawa shelter clinics

 Residents staying in Ottawa shelters that are in an outbreak are being offered vaccination for COVID-19 because of the immediate risk.
  • Ottawa Inner City Health is working with all of the shelters to produce lists of people to be offered vaccination.
  • The Salvation Army van, which does patrols of the city to help those without shelter, is offering the opportunity for vaccination to clients.
  • In addition, anyone who is experiencing homelessness and at risk due to the outbreak can go to one of the City’s three respite centres, or any day program supporting the homeless, and ask for a referral to Ottawa Inner City Health for vaccination.

The City’s respite centres are open weekdays from 9:30 am until 4 pm:

  • Tom Brown respite centre, at 141 Bayview Road (also open weekends)
  • Bernard Grandmaître respite centre, at 309 McArthur Road
  • St. Paul’s Eastern United Church respite centre, at 473 Cumberland Street

How to prepare for vaccination:

Special Education workers
Special Education workers are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Ottawa Public Health is working with school boards to compile a list of eligible special education staff and those identified staff will be contacted directly by phone or email when an appointment for vaccination is available. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please speak directly with your school board.
Clients with highest risk health conditions and their caregivers

Individuals with the following highest risk health conditions (and their caregivers) can pre-register for a vaccination appointment:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than 1 year ago
  • Kidney disease eGFR < 30

Check eligibility and complete pre-registration form

  • Please do NOT call Ottawa Public Health, pre-registration is done online.
    • What to expect following pre-registration:
      • Each person who completes the pre-registration form will be sequenced according to risk and priority. You will receive an email or phone call with booking information when an appointment is available. The process could take weeks depending on sequencing so we ask for your patience.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a viral infection that primarily affects the lungs. Some people may have a mild illness. Others may get very sick, including older adults or those with a pre-existing health condition. Very rarely, some children can get a serious inflammatory condition. The long-term effects of COVID-19 are not fully known. Some people are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 because of their work or living conditions. 

Do the COVID-19 vaccines work? 

Which vaccines are approved in Canada?

COVID-19 Vaccine  Age range  Type 

Doses*

Recommended Interval

(time between doses)*

Potential allergen **

% Effectiveness against:

1) symptomatic illness,

2) hospitalization/death after 1 dose (source: NACI)

Pfizer BioNTech

16 years and older  mRNA 2 3 weeks polyethylene glycol (PEG)

1) 90-99%

2) 89%

Moderna

18 years and older   mRNA 4 weeks

polyethylene glycol (PEG)

 

tromethamine
(trometamol or Tris)

1) 60-99%

2) 100%

AstraZeneca 55 years and older Viral-vector  2 4-12 weeks Polysorbate-80

1) 50-70%

2) 88%

 Janssen 18 years and older Viral-vector  1  N/A Polysorbate-80  

1) 55-75%

2) N/A

* Many COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The time between doses varies depending on the vaccine you receive and can also depend on provincial and NACI guidance. Vaccine supply is currently limited. For this reason, NACI recommends that regions increase the number of people getting the first dose of vaccine. This can be done by increasing the interval between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, up to four months. 

** See specific vaccine details for additional non-medicinal ingredients 

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